Why Edison made job candidates drink a bowl of soup before hiring

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American inventor Thomas Alva Edison holding a light bulb in his laboratory. Menlo Park, 1910s.

A weird test to be sure, but hey — almost 1,100 patents later, Edison must have been on to something.

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Some people ask unusual interview questions. Others use the undercover interview technique. Others check out the condition of your car. A few ask an extremely aggressive, even off-putting question. Deciding who to hire is part science, part art — even if you actually are a scientist.

Take Thomas Edison. When he interviewed candidates for research assistant positions, he offered them a bowl of soup. Why? He wanted to see whether they would add salt or pepper to the soup before they tasted it.

Those who did were automatically ruled out. Edison wanted people who didn’t make assumptions, since assumptions tend to be innovation killers.

Many people use little tests as part of their evaluation process. For years I used what I called the “receptionist test.” Interviewees give you their best: They’re up, engaged, and switched on. But how do they act when they aren’t trying to impress you? What candidates do while they’re waiting in your lobby can tell you a lot.

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Man loses job after he’s outed as Charlottesville protester



A posted note below the menu on the doorway at Top Dog, a popular fast food chain just off the University of California Berkeley campus notified customers that an employee, Cole White, who appeared in pictures at a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia no longer works at their place of business.


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A posted note below the menu on the doorway at Top Dog, a popular fast food chain just off the University of California Berkeley campus notified customers that an employee, Cole White, who appeared in pictures at a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia no longer works at their place of business.

A man has lost his job at a hot dog eatery with a strong libertarian bent in Berkeley, Calif., after photos of him taken at a gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., surfaced on social media.

Top Dog, a chain of three fast-food restaurants, said Cole White “voluntarily” resigned after management was alerted that he participated in a rally Friday night at the University of Virginia in which white supremacists carried tiki torches and shouted Nazi slogans.

Within hours, Top Dog placed fliers in its eateries stating: “Effective Saturday 12th August, Cole White no longer works at Top Dog. The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog. We believe in individual freedom and voluntary association for everyone.”

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Judge says Costco owes Tiffany $19.4 million for fake Tiffany rings

For many young Canadians, home won’t be a house

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It’s probably time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tell his young followers that the “Canadian dream” no longer comes with a lawn.

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Last week, Statistics Canada reported a big drop in the issuance of building permits for single-family homes in cities with populations greater than 10,000. Municipalities in June granted permissions for such structures at a seasonally adjusted rate that would yield 65,100 units in a year, the slowest pace since April 2009 and one of the weakest on records that date to 1960.

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The decline is noteworthy because you’d think the stars were aligned for a boom in the construction of dream homes: the economy has been churning out jobs steadily for a year, real-estate prices are high, and

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Eminem selling Michigan mansion for $2 million less than he paid

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Eminem’s Michigan mansion is up for sale, but the rapper is about to lose some serious dough.

Eminem’s Rochester Hills home is listed for just under $2 million, according to Trulia, but he originally bought the house for $4.75 million 14 years ago — meaning he’s getting less than half his money back.

The mansion includes six bedrooms, nine and a half bathrooms and stretches 17,000 square feet, according to Trulia. Each bedroom is a suite, so it has plenty of room inside, and sits on nearly six acres in the northern outskirts of the Detroit suburbs.

The outdoor space offers amenities, too. The mansion’s grounds include tennis courts, a waterfall pool and spa, an “entertainment cabana” and a guest house with its own game room.

And for occupants like The Real Slim Shady who may need security, the compound offers a “guard house” outside the main residence. Check out photos of the mansion below, from Trulia.

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Intel CEO becomes third to quit Trump council

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(Bloomberg) — Intel Corp.’s Brian Krzanich and Under Armour Inc.’s Kevin Plank became the latest chief executives to quit President Donald Trump’s council of U.S. business leaders, as membership on the panel has become enmeshed in the country’s volatile politics after violent riots in Virginia over the weekend.

The moves come hours after Merck Co.’s Kenneth Frazier first stepped down from the business council. Plank’s departure is a particularly sharp rebuke to Trump, after the Under Armour executive earlier this year came under fire for commenting that the president was a “real asset” for the country.

“I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing,” Intel’s Krzanich said in a company blog post.

Plank said in a tweeted statement that “Under Armour engages in innovation and sport, not politics,” while Merck’s Frazier said he quit “as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.” 

Trump responded to Frazier with a couple jabs, tweeting late Monday that “@Merck Pharma is a leader in higher higher drug prices while at the same time taking jobs out of the U.S.”

Over the weekend, one woman was killed and many others were injured after a man in a car rammed a group of counter-demonstrators during a daylong melee in Charlottesville, Virginia. White supremacists and other

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